World’s first FDA-cleared portable MRI expands leading neurosurgery suite’s tech capabilities for novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches
GUILFORD, Conn. and MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hyperfine, Inc. (Nasdaq: HYPR) (“Hyperfine”), creator of the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) cleared portable magnetic resonance imaging (“MRI”)™ device, Swoop®, is proud to announce that M Health Fairview is deploying a Swoop system in the emergency room (ER), intensive care unit (ICU) and post anesthesia environments at M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center. The hospital is the first in the state of Minnesota, and one of the first in the country, to offer this technology to its patients.
“Forward thinking academic institutions like University of Minnesota are leading the charge adopting new, robust technologies in support of advancing research and improving the care continuum,” said Dr. Khan Siddiqui, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Strategy Officer, for Hyperfine. “Swoop was designed to address the complex issues these institutions face by eliminating long wait times and minimizing difficulties with transporting patients, all while improving staff workflow and reducing costs.”
Swoop’s portable design and easy-to-use interface make it accessible for use in hospitals, clinics, and other settings outside of the conventional MRI suite. Instead of requiring a team of three to four nurses to transport a critically ill patient to an MRI room on a different floor, the Swoop system can be wheeled straight to a patient’s bed. The Swoop system is also a fraction of the cost of a traditional MRI unit, which helps hospitals and patients save valuable time and financial resources.
Swoop® was designed to enable rapid diagnoses and treatment for every patient regardless of income, resources, or location, pushing the boundaries of conventional imaging technology and expanding patient access to life-saving care. In as little as 30 seconds after a Swoop scan, advanced artificial intelligence applications analyze and return annotated, segmented brain images, providing clinicians with quantitative markers for decision support and immediate feedback for diagnostic insight.
“Patient safety and advancing the standard of care for our patient are of the highest priority for M Health Fairview,” said Dr. Clark Chen, MD, PhD, M Health Fairview neurosurgeon, Lyle French Chair in Neurosurgery and the head of the University of Minnesota Medical School Department of Neurosurgery. “We have invested in a trial of the Hyperfine’s Swoop system because we believe that the technology enhances patient safety and represents the next stage of how artificial intelligence can redefine the future of patient care.”
Through deep learning and artificial intelligence-aided image reconstruction, Swoop is able to assess brain tissue in real-time which provides physicians the ability to make quick and informed clinical decisions for patients. Swoop results are displayed on a tablet and deliver crisp, clear T1, T2, FLAIR, and DWI (with ADC map) tissue contrasts within minutes before uploading the scans to local PACS (Picture Archive and Communications System).
The device also has a lower field strength than standard MRI systems which greatly enhances patient safety and shortens the time required for each MRI. These features allow clinicians to quickly scan, diagnose and treat patients within crowded healthcare environments like ERs, ORs, and ICUs. The device also eliminates the need for comprehensive metal detection, allowing for parents of pediatric patients to stay bedside while their children get life-saving scans.
To date, the Hyperfine Swoop Portable MRI System™ has been deployed at Yale New Haven Hospital, University of California Irvine Medical Center, Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Surgical Innovation Training Lab.
For more information about the Hyperfine Swoop Portable MRI System, please visit http://www.hyperfine.io.
About Hyperfine and the Swoop Portable MR Imaging System
Hyperfine, Inc. is the groundbreaking medical device company that created Swoop, the world’s first FDA-cleared portable MRI system. Hyperfine designed Swoop to enable rapid diagnoses and treatment for every patient regardless of income, resources, or location, pushing the boundaries of conventional imaging technology and expanding patient access to life-saving care. The Swoop Portable MR Imaging System produces high-quality images at a lower magnetic field strength, allowing clinicians to quickly scan, diagnose, and treat patients in various clinical settings. Swoop can be wheeled directly to the patient’s bedside, plugged into a standard electrical wall outlet, and controlled by a tablet. Designed as a complementary system to conventional MRIs at a fraction of the cost, Swoop captures images in minutes, providing critical decision-making capabilities in emergency departments (ED), operating rooms (OR) outside the sterile field, and intensive care units (ICU), among others.
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